Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shared Canada’s requirements of Covid-19 vaccines from India.
PM Modi assured his Canadian counterpart that India would do its best to support Canada’s vaccination efforts just as it had done for other countries.
For the unversed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been critical of the Indian government on the farmers’ protests and tension between both the government has often been tense. As Canada had been regularly accused of harboring supporters of an independent Sikh state, called Khalistan that would be carved out of Indian Territory.
In the late evening tweet Prime Minister Modi said that he was happy to receive the call and also agreed to continue collaborating on other important issues like Climate Change and the global economic recovery.
A statement from Mr. Trudeau’s office highlighted the need to “work together” on ensuring global access to vaccines, saying, “Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Modi spoke about India’s significant efforts in promoting vaccine production and supply, which have provided vital support to countries around the world.”
The Canadian statement also said that the leaders discussed Canada and India’s commitment to democratic principles, recent farmer protests, and the importance of resolving issues through dialogues.
The mention of the protests was highlighted as the Indian government is critical that many Canadian public figures are supporting the farmer’s agitation.
More recently, India had summoned Nadir Patel, Canada’s high commissioner in Delhi after Mr. Trudeau publicly expressed concern about farmers clashing what he deemed the be ‘peaceful Protests’ against new government laws on farming.
However, the leaders look forward to meeting each other in International forums later this year and continue their discussion on all issues of mutual interest.